I was introduced today to the colander lie detector urban legend.

What is that, you ask?

Well, the story goes that a police department once hit upon a perfect way to get a confession. They took a colander, attached it to a copier machine with some wires, and made a suspect wear the colander. Every time he said something that the cops figured was a lie, they pushed the print button on the copier, which would then spit out a piece of paper saying HE’S LYING.

The suspect eventually confessed.

It’s so totally an urban legend: I would have linked to Snopes, but they won’t let you cut and paste key passages, so screw them.

Moe Lane


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